TBR: Digital Out Now, Vinyl 4th June
Dark Matters chief of the deep Amirali returns to the music press to demonstrate how releases on this evocative and far reaching record label should sound. Building on the works portrayed in Fearful Stay and Chromatic Dreams, this number three production shows sculpture of sound in new levels of textural definition. The spatial arena that builds from the ground up and from the sides in creates an inverse square of dynamic experimental art-core electro. Alongside whisperings of a grandiose live show in the making with all kinds of fantastic projects making a scene, Amirali amazingly finds the time to gift us with these instant classics.
The title number and first up on the EP, Odyssey, takes the quality of vocals and frames them within statues of sonic emotion. Complicated waveform explorations allow for eddies and undercurrents that project each section of the song in various technically perfected forms. Jungle sounds with moving water trickle in while atmospheric keyboards strike chords with pangs of the heart. Mixtures of sound mingle and dance in slow moving tranquillity before the onset of voice casts a dreamy experience of sound. Cleverly built progressions of ambience walk in easily flowing downcast patches of sunny peace. Lowering of the intensity yet building a high within subtle energies of quietly powerful compositions allows a diverse range of sounds to creep in and out while the pace and advancement remains pleasantly static.
Track two ebbs in with a slowly building tone. As it progresses in amplitude, an arpeggiator brings in an old-school sensation of wobbling beats. Drowning out the retro nuance with synth strings and spacey sounds, a clear tempo begins to shine from the cloudy mix. As we understand and appreciate, the drum track starts to validate what we had begun to imagine in its stead. Now as the rhythm and tone is set, starry eyed twinges of sound rain down from above while bassy bounces push up from beneath. As if laying on a bed of nebula gas and allowing distant starlight to illuminate our semi-conscious comprehension of our surroundings, the beings from the dark matter begin to make their angelic voices heard. We are transported through epic scenes of sound and energy while tempo and tone keep our senses in focus and perspective.
Hidden Past is repeated for the second time as track three. This time it's been remixed by Fort Romeau. The entire atmosphere has changed. Rather than a dreamy soundscape for us to bath in while absorbing speckles of brightly glowing intent, we're plunged onto a dance floor and invited to listen to the heartbeat of the track through a computer that makes it sound good on its own. It's as if we're listening to a negative image of the original, a complete swap over of intention and force has given the piece a brand new sound. Same in name only, it's not the same piece of music. In fact, this three track EP stands tall as over twenty minutes of quality and unusual electronic music. Well worth the time it takes to download or wait for the vinyl in the post, there's nothing wrong with a bit of escapist far flung electronic sound sculpture.
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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